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U.S.-Arab Cooperation

US-Arab Economic Forums
2003 – 2006 – 2008

Historical Background
The U.S.-Arab Economic Forum strives to bring together corporate leaders and policy makers to create shared opportunities and strengthen U.S.-Arab relations. With a focus on business and economics, our objective is to initiate reciprocal partnerships to promote economic growth and integration, free trade, entrepreneurship, public/private partnerships and a modern, innovative and competitive society.

1- First US-Arab Economic forum- Detroit, Michigan 2003:

The first U.S.-Arab Economic Forum held in Detroit, Michigan in 2003, brought together prominent leaders such as former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, and Commander in Chief of the Bahrain Defense Force, Crown Prince Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa.
The forum addressed issues regarding cultural sensitivities, developing economic partnerships beyond energy, building on technological innovation, and youth development and education.

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2- Second US_Arab Economic Forum, Houston 2006:

In 2006, the second U.S.-Arab Economic Forum in Houston, Texas, drew distinguished guests such as U.S. Undersecretary of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Ms. Karen Hughes, Chairwoman of the Arab Women Council H.H. Sheikha Hissah Al Sabbah and Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil Corporation Rex Tillerson.
– attendees include: Foreign Minister the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia H.R.H. Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Chairman and President Export-Import Bank of the United States James Lambright and President and Kingdom of Bahrain Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa.

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Also please find on Houston:

U.S.-Arab Economic Forum Announces Exchange Initiatives

Forum concludes second biannual conference in Houston June 28
By David Shelby | Washington File Staff Writer | 28 June 2006

Houston — Arab American leaders pledged to promote greater interaction between the United States and the Arab world at the close of the U.S.-Arab Economic Forum in Houston June 28. Forum directors announced three new initiatives aimed at increasing person-to-person contacts between Americans and the people of the Middle East.

The U.S.-Arab leadership program will take 1,000 young American leaders to the Arab world each year in an effort to foster a first-hand understanding of the region and its people.

Read more: http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/st/english/article/2006/06/20060628192917sdyblehs0.2190668.html#ixzz2oAvlm3uR

3- Third US-Arab Economic Forum

The 3rd U.S.-Arab Economic Forum took place on May 7-9, 2008 in Washington, D.C. These three days of dialogue, provided a powerful opportunity for leaders from the United States and the Arab world to reinforce existing partnerships and forge new alliances and collaborations between the two regions.

The Forum united over 1,000 participants from more than 35 countries including top Fortune 500 executives and over 150 global leaders, in the fields of government, business, technology, academics and policy.
View the 2006 online Photo album
USAEF Photo Album


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